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The political ‘Third World’ exists no more

March 29, 2009

Historians tell us that with the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, and the fall of Leninist communism, the term Second World largely fell out of use, although the term Third World remains popular.

Nothing could be further from the truth as a political reality at least.

In the real world, the term First World has been largely replaced by the term New World Order. It is a world founded neither on democracy, nor on Judeo-Christian ethics. It is a world which is no longer founded on The Wealth of Nations, but the wealth of multinational banks and corporations.

The term Second World is no longer used, but it is quite alive in an economic sense with countries like China and South Africa, firmly anchored into the Second World according to their 2007 Human Development Index (HDI) data. The Second World is a world which is no longer founded on Marx’s socialist ethics, and the People’s socialist republic has been replaced by the People’s Liberation Army.

It is the term Third World — which used to refer to nations that were within neither the First World or Second World sphere of influence, non-aligned nations — the term that is no longer meaningful from a political perspective.

Today countries on the African continent are either aligned with the United States and the New World Order, or are aligned with China in a sort of alternative. There is no such thing as a non-aligned or Third World nation from a purely political perspective. The only non-aligned nations left are Fourth and Fifth World nations.

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